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Electric blower vacuums recalled

Expert Gardener electric blower vacuums sold at Wal-Mart and Homelite electric blower vacuums sold at Home Depot have been recalled because they pose laceration hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said today.

About 131,500 of the Expert Gardner vacuums, imported from China by OWT Industries Inc., of Pickens, S.C., were sold at Wal-Mart and online at www.walmart.com between January and December 2012 for about $40, the commission said in a statement.

About 254,600 of the Homelite vacuums, imported from China by Homelite Consumer Products Inc. of Anderson, S.C., were sold at Home Depot and online at www.homedepot.com from February 2012 to December 2012 for about $40, the commission said.

Objects that are drawn into the unit during vacuum mode can break through the plastic housing, posing a laceration hazard, the statement said. It said one incident and no injuries had been reported.

The statement said consumers should contact OWT or Homelite at 800-597-9624 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Wayne time weekdays, or online at www.expertgardenertools.com or www.homelite,com, for more information about a free replacement for the Expert Gardener or Homelite vacuums.

The Expert Gardner recall involves Expert Gardener electric blower vacuums with two different model and serial number ranges, including model 20254EG with serial numbers BMP3010001 through BMR3311972, and model 20254EGC with serial numbers EUP3120001 through EUP3630730. Model and serial numbers are located on a label on the left side of the motor housing.

The blower vacuums are green and black. "Expert Gardener" and "BlowerVac 2 Speed Quiet 150 MPH Powerful 220 MPH" are printed on the side of the green motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

The Homelite recall involves Homelite electric blower vacuums with two different model and serial number ranges, including model UT42120 with serial numbers BMP3540001 through BMR2103100, and model UT42120A with serial numbers BMR2120001 through BMR3421250. Model and serial numbers are located on a label on the left side of the red motor housing. The blower vacuums are red and black. "Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH" is printed on the side of the motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

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